ERIC Number: ED329624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Good Education in Oakland: Strategies for Positive Change. Report Summary.
Commission for Positive Change in the Oakland Public Schools, CA.
This summary of a report on strategies to improve education in Oakland (California) emphasizes that there is no magic solution to school reform and encourages ongoing community participation. The goal of school reform is a learning environment that enables all students to be competent, confident, conscious, and caring individuals and holds the school accountable for the delivery of equal education. The following conditions are essential: (1) effective school leadership; (2) rigorous, challenging curriculum and instruction; (3) effective staff; (4) parents as partners; (5) safety and security; and (6) outstanding district leadership. The following problems must be overcome: (1) low expectations of students; (2) inadequate funding; and (3) poor teacher preparation that leaves teachers unable to deal with diversity. The following change strategies are outlined: (1) build a system of staff renewal as the centerpiece for positive change; (2) construct a system of accountability for student outcomes; (3) make effective and equitable use of personnel and resources through planning; (4) demand honest assessment, aligned with community expectations, that charts a course of action; (5) use communication to empower all participants in the teaching and learning process; (6) promote the coordination of multiple community resources to respond to the life circumstances of students; and (7) commit to the principle of equity in the allocation and development of resources. A map illustrating elementary school boundaries is included. Statistical data are presented in nine graphs. (FMW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Long Range Planning, School Community Relationship, School Restructuring, Urban Schools
Commission for Positive Change in the Oakland Public Schools, Box 33, 5825 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission for Positive Change in the Oakland Public Schools, CA.